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The Elephant in the Room pt-2 Fixed Blade

Last week I gave you my take on mechanical broadheads. This week I spew my opinions about fixed blade broadheads. Again...take it or leave it.

Note: I consider removable-blade broadheads to be in the fixed-blade category because the blades are fixed and do not deploy. 

Fixed blades are the Mack trucks of broadheads. They are devastating to bone and tissue. Because they have no moving parts, deflection is minimal. Fixed blades tend to go through bone easier than mechanicals. 

Like mechanicals, fixed blade broadheads come in many different varieties and configurations. There are two blade, three blade, four blade, replaceable blades, one piece solid steel, single bevel, double bevel, bleeder blades, tanto tip, chisel tip....and so on. As soon as the broadhead hits the animal the entire thing is cutting. No deployment necessary. Which means no mechanical failures. Now this doesn't mean that a fixed blade can't break, but you can always count on a specific cutting diameter and not have to hope it opens all of the way. You can also feel confident that if something goes wrong and the shot is off mark (too far forward perhaps), there is a better chance it will go through bone.

A really great positive with most fixed blade broadheads is re-use. Re-sharpening them is actually pretty damn simple. There are jigs and stones made especially for this, but about $10 bucks worth of sandpaper from the local hardware store will do the job on 90% of them. 

With all of the positives, there always comes a negative or two. The only two negatives that I can kind of come up with aren't really negatives, but I feel like I need to have cons with all of the pros...so here goes.

Expense. The really high quality solid steel, one piece fixed blade broadheads come with a price tag. It surprises me how many people actually freak out about the cost. Save losing an arrow, these things will last forever. They are virtually indestructable. You may have to sharpen them on occasion, but it beats the hell out of buying new broadheads every year. It still amazes me that people will spend $1500 on a bow and $200 on a dozen arrows, but think that $75-$100 on broadheads is an absolute travesty. Said broadheads will outlast the arrows and probably the bow too.

Tuning. This is the biggest complaint I hear about fixed blade broadheads. "My field tips shoot great!" Mechanicals fly great!" "When I try fixed blades they fly all over the place."  I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it's not the broadheads. This is typically an issue with bow tuning. "But, but....my..." I know! When you are shooting field tips and mechanicals (that fly like field tips) the fletching can correct poor flight way easier than it can with fixed blades. Your bow must be tuned properly to have good fixed blade broadhead flight. That's another subject for another time.

In conclusion, I really feel that both mechanicals and fixed blade broadheads...and their owners...can co-exist peacefully. I love using mechanicals for small game, and especially turkeys. When it comes to large game the mechanicals are put away and the mack trucks come out.

There is no wrong or right. Shoot what you want, how you want. Just shoot. Please just be sure to strive for a lethal and ethical shot.

Shoot straight,

Arrow Junkie